Tylor & the Train Robbers, a Boise Idaho based band, possess a depth of thought steeped in Americana Folk without losing it’s Country root grittiness. Hailing from small town Helix Oregon, lyrically focused frontman and songwriter Tylor Ketchum conjures up his long dead outlaw ancestor, Black Jack Ketchum as the inspiration for their new album, Best of the Worst Kind in a musical necromancy that is delivered in full with the title track, The Ballad of Black Jack Ketchum. Set to be released on the anniversary of his hanging, April 26th, the music video for the ballad was was filmed at Black Jack’s grave during the bands most recent tour through the South West United States.
From good cowboys gone bad to the woesome troubles of the modern American wanderer, Tylor & The Train Robber’s songs explore a span of generations linked by a common spirit.
Justin Smith, booking agent for the Million Dollar Cowboy bar in Jackson Hole, Wyoming said in an interview with the Jackson Hole News
“This original country-tinged Americana rock band is truly great, and the songwriting is off the charts, The Train Robbers remind me of a young James McMurtry in the best of ways: You can dance to them all night long or get lost in the lyrics.”
The Boise Weekly ranked Tylor & the Train Robbers debut album, Gravel, as a top local release in 2017 and noted
“Like (John) Prine, singer-lyricist Tylor Ketchum (who’s only in his mid 20s) has an eye for detail and a plainspoken evenhandedness that songwriters of any age should envy.”
Ketchum’s original songs are enhanced with the intricate and intimate sibling harmonies of he and his brother, bass player Jason Bushman. Rounded out by the seasoned musicianship of Tylor’s soon to be father-in-law, Johnny ‘Shoes’ Pisano on lead guitar and Flip Perkins on drums, the band delivers a sound that is raw, honest and polished.
Tylor & The Train Robbers have shared the stage with some of the most innovative players in modern Americana/Country music including the Turnpike Troubadours, Reckless Kelly, Sam Riggs, Corb Lund, American Aquarium, Chris Knight, Micky & the Motorcars, Shane Smith & the Saints, Dirty River Boys, The Black Lillies, Cody Canada & the Departed, Casey Donahew, John Pardi, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Dale Watson, Stoney LaRue, Marshall Tucker Band and more.